Reading with kids

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Reading with kids
Reading with kids
What does it look like?
Children learn to read most easily when they…
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receive support and feedback
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are taught reading strategies
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are encouraged to figure out unfamiliar words
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have an opportunity to practise reading every day
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have an opportunity to talk about reading every day
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http://www.ednet.ns.ca/pdfdocs/lets_talk_about/Lit2_help_web.pdf
Reading with kids
What does it look like at school?
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Reading assessments
Accuracy
Fluency
Comprehension
What does it look like at home?
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“You read”
“I read”
Part 1
At School
Tonight’s focus: Assessment, accuracy, fluency &
comprehension
Please note that reading is in no way limited to assessments. Reading in
school includes partner reading, read alouds by the teacher, author
study, quiet reading, reading by genre, reading other students writing
etc.
A RUNNING RECORD
FLUENCY
Fluency
Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately,
quickly, and with expression. Fluency is important
because it provides a bridge between word
recognition and comprehension.
http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/fluency/
Fluency
The fluent reader sounds good, is easy to listen
to, and reads with enough expression to help
the listener understand and enjoy the material.
Charles Clark, "Building Fluency: Do It Right and Do It Well!" (1999)
COMPREHENSION
Comprehension
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the
body."
— Richard Steele
Basic questions to ask after reading
1. Did you like the story? Why?
2. What connection can you make?
(text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world)
3. What question do you have about the book?
(I wonder why...Why did…?)
Part 2
At home
“You read” & “I read”
“You read” (the child reads)
At home
Getting set up for “you read”
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Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a
well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper,
pencils, erasers— within reach.
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Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the
afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to
wait until after dinner.
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Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music,
texting or phone calls.
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Use reading strategies when kids get stuck
Praise their work and efforts.
Adapted from
https://secure02.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/homework.html
“I read”
(the adult reads)
READING STRATEGIES
When kids get stuck
What can you do if you get stuck?
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Let the pictures help you
What’s the letter and sound – get your mouth ready
to make that sound
Look for little words in bigger words (bigger)
Re-read the sentence
Think about the story
What looks right, sounds right and makes sense?
Can I skip home reading?
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Student A
20 minutes every night
= 400 minutes a month
Student B
5 minutes every night
= 80 minutes a month
Which student do you expect will have more success in reading?
Questions & Answers
Common questions
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Should I hide the picture when my child is reading?
If my child is in French Immersion, should I read to
them in English?
How long should I read?
Thank you!
We appreciate that you took the time to join us
and to learn about home reading!
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